LeadingAge Ohio Foundation

Leadingage Ohio Foundation


The LeadingAge Ohio Foundation is a not-for-profit subsidiary of LeadingAge Ohio. The Foundation supports member workforce initiatives and member employees through a scholarship program designed to "grow our own" and aide individuals to further their careers within senior services.

For general inquiries on the Foundation, please contact Susan Wallace, LeadingAge Ohio President/CEO, at 614-545-9024 or swallace@leadingageohio.org

Foundation Board Members

The LeadingAge Ohio Foundation has been a force for positive change in support of workforce innovation and initiatives that give our aging services professionals and next generation of caregivers an opportunity to thrive and ensure the future of our profession. Below is our Foundation Board.

Cynthia Dougherty

Cynthia Dougherty

Director College of Medicine Office of Geriatrics and Interprofessional Aging Studies, The Ohio State University

Larry Harris

Larry Harris

CEO Willow Brook Christian Communities

Martha Kutik

Martha Kutik

Chair, Retired CEO, Jennings

Norm Mast

Norm Mast

President/CEO, Community Hospice

Darrell Miller

Darrell Miller

Community Liaison, Community Hospice

Mica Rees

Mica Rees

Chief Brand & Growth Officer, Ohio Living

Barbara Thomas

Barbara Thomas

CEO Kendal at Oberlin


LeadingAge Ohio Foundation Scholarship Program

Eligible applicants must:

  • Work for a LeadingAge Ohio member organization having completed at least one year of continuous employment
  • Pursue higher education related to the areas of service provided by LeadingAge Ohio members
  • Have approval from his/her supervisor
  • Have signature of acknowledgement of the application from Executive Director of the individual's organization

Eligible programs include:

  • Accredited colleges/universities
  • LeadingAge Ohio and LeadingAge programs
  • Certification programs

The Clark Law Executive Management Scholarship program will accept applications for executive-level courses not related to a degree.  All awards go to the institution of higher learning or the individual upon proof of enrollment.


The Scholarship Selection Committee will utilize the following criteria in choosing scholarship recipients:

  • Education requested matches organizational advancement
  • Tenure with the organization
  • Completeness and timeliness of application
  • Presentation of application, including requested narrative of program and how education will benefit self and organization
  • Quality/content of recommendations
  • for Clark Law scholarship:  Education/involvement/experience in LeadingAge Ohio, LeadingAge, other senior or community service groups
  • Any financial support along with an explanation of how educational funding will be paid
  • Identify any efforts to find additional funding within and outside of the organization

The number of scholarships awarded will be determined annually based upon available Foundation funds.

The LeadingAge Ohio Foundation is supported by the contributions of members who share the vision to “grow our own” within the senior services profession.

None at this time.

Foundation Testimonials

"Thank you so much for the honor of receiving the General Scholarship.  The money went directly to my graduate school to help me move towards my Masters in Music Therapy.  I appreciate it so very much and am so thankful for this blessing” 

 ~ Jessica Josefczyk, Music Therapist - Bethany Village, Centerville, Ohio

"I am excited and honored to be a recipient of this year's 2021 LeadingAge Ohio Foundation General Scholarship. Working at Brethren Retirement Community has been a wonderful experience and the knowledge and wisdom from the elders I care for will always hold a special place in my heart. Working with the geriatric population will remain an interest of mine that I had never considered before my work at BRC."

---  Kendall Hill, Resident Assistant -- Brethren Retirement Community, Greenville, Ohio

“It’s so wonderful being a part of an organization that cares so much about its employees!  As a student who has used loans to pay for my college education, this scholarship means so much to me.  I am forever grateful!” 

 ~ Tarrah Pickard, Life Enrichment and Activities Director - Deupree House, Cincinnati, Ohio

"To me this scholarship is a benchmark of my accomplishments as a nurse and student, and has been a huge help toward my goal of becoming a better nurse for myself, my family and my patients."

~ Kira Pilar, LPN/Charge Nurse- Regina Health Center, Richfield, Ohio

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Susan Wallace, MSW, LSW

Susan Wallace

President / CEO

  • Staff oversight, fiscal & operations of organization
  • Primary contact for policy priority development & advocacy 
  • Staff liaison to Advocacy Committee, Nursing Facility/Assisted Living Reimbursement, Billing/eligibility and Clinical/ Operations Subcommittees
Our national partner, LeadingAge, is an association of 6,000 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. Together, we advance policies, promote practices and conduct research that support, enable and empower people to live fully as they age.